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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

#VicVotes: So many health promises, so little vision

Victorian voters may be swimming in health promises – but these offer little vision of a more integrated health system that better serves people with chronic illness, according to Dr Christine Walker, who heads the Chronic Illness Alliance. This is the first in a Croakey mini-series examining health and the Victorian election. *** Christine Walker [...]

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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

The latest upheaval – questions over the future of scheme to encourage more rural doctors

(This post was updated on Nov 26 – see bottom of page) Upheaval and uncertainty are the distinguishing characteristics of the Abbott Government’s efforts in health and related portfolios. The Government’s plans for a GP copayment appear to be on hold while Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed receiving legal advice that it cannot be implemented [...]

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Budgetary cutbacks in dental services are hitting rural communities – & stay tuned for the health impacts of #ABCcuts

The ABC cuts announced today will have significant ramifications for the health and wellbeing of rural and regional communities, an issue that will be explored at Croakey in coming days (in the meantime, see some of the tweets at the bottom of this post). Meanwhile, the wide-ranging impacts upon rural and remote communities of cuts [...]

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A ‘last mile’ approach to improving broadband in more remote areas

In this latest instalment of a rural health series, Helen Hopkins, Policy Adviser at the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) highlights how failing to improve broadband access in remote areas can block access to health care and entrench other disadvantage. The other instalments, also inspired by the NRHA’s recent CouncilFest, can be read here: Love rural? [...]

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The Health Wrap: holistic health systems; drug complexities; mental health, G20, Ebola, climate change

By Frances Gilham Striving for holistic health systems Conversations about Australia’s health system continued this fortnight, with the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association holding an ‘Integrated Care Simulation’, gathering 85 health leaders to workshop major health policy initiatives. Croakey reported on the event, saying a key theme that emerged from the role-playing exercise was the [...]

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A call for funding certainty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations

While there has progress in closing the gap between the health status of Indigenous Australians and that of non-Indigenous Australians, there is still much to be done. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report Australia’s Health 2014 shows that a large gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians still exists. Perhaps [...]

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Unpacking the IPCC’s latest climate change report, news on heatwaves and a warning on mental health

The latest report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released this week, citing “clear and growing” human influence on the climate system. The IPCC synthesis report, which the Climate Council says is the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever undertaken, warns that if left unchecked, climate change will increase the [...]

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Indigenous doctors’ conference showcases strong culture, strong health

Marie McInerney reports: The centrality of culture to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is emphasised in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (which the Federal Government is planning to re-launch with some changes). It was also an important part of the recent Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) conference [...]

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Deregulation of university fees: bad news for rural people and regional universities?

 What do changes to education policy have to do with access to health care in the bush? In the following piece Gordon Gregory, Executive Director and Alice Sisley, Project Officer, from the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) connect the dots between economic and health policies and warn that recent changes in the education sector could have [...]

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Love rural? What WAS that all about…

Each year, the National Rural Health Alliance holds a “CouncilFest”, an event of many parts, including an opportunity for engaging in some policy development and advocacy. During the recent CouncilFest, many Croakey readers may have noticed an avalanche of photos on Twitter of people walking the Canberra halls of power wearing “Love rural” T-shirts. In [...]

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